Resources

Here are a bunch of links, readings, drawings…

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as emailed by our MFP Professor, Dave Dimond, who works at Perkins+Will:  http://www.perkinswill.com/people/dave.dimond.html

“As a brief context for our upcoming discussions and debates around your projects and architecture’s role in a restorative civilization, I suggest the following two short and readable essays.  Each offers a very different perspective on the human condition in relation to resources and environment.

The first reading is an oft-cited piece by the late Professor Julian Simon (Business Management, University of Maryland).  This article, “The State of Humanity: Steadily Improving?”, first appeared in the Cato Policy Report, September/October 1995 so it is the early of the two essays See: http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/pr-so-js.html

“The State of Humanity…?” captures the essence of Simon as humanist and ebullient techno-optimist.  Simon sees no insurmountable obstacles to unlimited growth and prosperity for all. Here?s a quote to illustrate: “We have in our hands now–actually, in our libraries–the technology to feed, clothe, and supply energy to an ever-growing population for the next 7 billion years.”

It is probably fair to say that most governments, many mainstream economists , humanists from all disciplines and other techno-optimists share Simon’s view to a greater or lesser extent. It is certainly the foundational basis for continued support by all governments of unlimited economic growth. Also, most contemporary policy solutions to the (un)sustainability crisis are based on unwavering faith in human technological ingenuity.

Next, I refer you to an Canadian computer scientist, peak energy analyst and intellectual activist, Paul Chefurka. His recent piece at:http://www.paulchefurka.ca/50000_Foot_View.html  shines a dimmer light on prospects for humanity. Chefurka begins his speculations by asserting: “We are now well into a global crisis that may mark the end of this cycle of human civilization.”   (You can go back to Chefurka?s main site for his several documented analyses that support his position).”

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Our entire GDIII website put together by Gayla Lindt, our MFP coordinator/advisor –  http://architecturearmature.wordpress.com/

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